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a book with steve forbes, "how capitalism will save us: why free people and free markets are the best answer in today's economy" elizabeth ames, first of all, tell us about yourself and your personal experience, particularly when it comes to economics. >> i've been a finance journalist, but i've also been on both sides of the press release. so i started as a journalist and have my own pr business and they've also done projects, communication projects with clients. among them, co-authored the book. basically i were to steve forbes and conversations led to the idea for this book. >> how did you meet steve forbes? >> i met him at an event i did when i was working in southern california and one thing led to another. i moved back to new york. i am from new york and started working at "forbes" of the pr department. >> elizabeth ames, or practical experience, how do that that? >> i've learned a lot since "forbes." when i sat "forbes" islandwide about markets. again, i began as a journalist and worked at "businessweek" many years ago as a journalist. but when i started to work as an entrepren
exceptions, they will have to pony up big fines. welcome to forbes on fox and we'll go with steve forbes and rick unger and elizabeth mcdonald and victoria and steve and rich. >> what do you think? >> jobs are going to be destroid even if they don't go overseas. health care costs are going up. obama care is increasing alert . insurers have to take all comers and that will put a strain on it and mandates, consumers may not want them and politicians say you must have them and insurance costs are going up and we the people will be losers. >>> and the hobby lobby face a fine 1. 5 million if they don't do what the government said they have to do via the health care law. >> i was corrected. 1.3 million a day. that is the daily fine they have to pay. >> let's make an important distunction we are not buve for dinner bets. mipemine is open for the anybody who doesn't think they will get exempted. i think it is. they have been giving health care to the employees over in the charity for years. theirob ligation is not health care, but it is a religious problem and it is going to be dealt w. i hope t
in in with steve forbes and rich and elizabeth mcdonald and john tandy. is this proof that bailouts don't work? >> what it is proof, you shouldn't have the government in the business in the first place. that is how they got bloated. government guarantee and that is why they can pay these outrageous salaries. if private companies, they would be allowed to go out of business. no bailouts, let the markets work. let these guys, either liquidate them or privatize them. dave: top 90 employees at fannie and freddie, that is lot of money? >> i'm not going to support that kind of salary to anybody working in the government but i'm not sure it's indicative of a problem of the problem of bailouts. i have real issues with the direction that fannie and freddie have taken. you have half. mortgage debt under the control of these two organizations. had we let them go down the drain, anybody that owns a home would not have been happy with the financial result of letting these things go down. bailout may have been ugly but unfortunately it was absolutely necessary. >> the bailout is still ongoing. these organiz
and a libertarian conference in las vegas, steve forbes, former republican candidate, chaired and "forbes" media. mr. forbes discusses his book, "freedom manifesto," a follow-up to his book "how capitalism will save us." >> now joining us on booktv is magazine publisher, politician and frequent author, steve forbes, whose newest book is coming out in august of 2012 and it's called "freedom manifesto: why free markets are moral and big government isn't." we are at freedom fest in las vegas, where mr. forbes is speaking. mr. forbes, why is that free markets are moreover, but that government isn't. with an example of that? >> remake the emphasis of big government. going back to it james madison defined. but in terms of big government not being moral, it is the opposite of what it purports to do and creates an environment we have less ability to get ahead increased dependency and not a sense of independence. it plessis crony capitalism, which hurts oil entrepreneurship and creativity. all the things the government says it does hopes the poor to make sure the markets: the right direction. they do the op
the heat of the sun in hawaii going to the heat in washington. steve forbes will be coming up later in the hour. shibani: we will tell you what drove the markets today with today's data down load. stocks gaining momentum in the last hour of trading crawling back from triple digit losses down about 150 points following reports that the house will return to washington on sunday, but that late rally wasn't enough to lift stocks into positive territory, with all three major indices closing lower for the fourth day in a row. materials, financials, amongst the day's top worst performing sectors i should say. new home sales surging to strongest level in more than two years. sales jumping 4.4% from october to an annual rate of 377,000, more good signs that that housing sector much needed to improve the rest of the economy is finally getting a boost. and the number of americans filing new applications for unemployment aid falling to its lowest level in nearly four and a half years. initial claims dropping 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 the week prior was revised up by a thousand. da
ames was written a book with steve forbes, "how capitalism will save us: why free people and free markets are the best answer in today's economy." elizabeth ames, first of all, tell us about yourself and your personal expense, particularly when it comes to economics. >> okay. well, i've been a financial journalist, but i've also been on both sides of the press release. so i started as a journalist and had in my own pr business, and i have also done projects, other communication projects with clients, among them riding, co-authoring books. and basically i have worked with steve forbes on a flat tax book and conversations led to the idea for this book. >> how did you meet steve forbes? >> i met him many years ago at an event that i did when i was at the university of southern california. and one thing led to another. i moved to new york, back to new york. i should i'm from new york and started working of course. so elizabeth ames, your practical express prior to working at forbes, how do you inject that into a capitalism will say the? >> basically i've learned a lot since forbes. wh
. steve forbes and keith boykin are going to debate a little later. first up tragedy in the nfl after kansas city chiefs linebacker jovan belcher murdered his girlfriend before shooting and killing himself. as a result, the gun control debate back in the spotlight but with more gun regulation actually have made any difference at all? here now is deputy editor of think progress.org and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. lars i'm a second amendment guy. to me guns don't kill people crazy people shooting guns kill people. would a gun regulation have stopped this tragedy? >> only one kind of gun regulation would have stopped this and that would be to gut the second amendment and i don't think igor can reject that. 20,000 laws around the country regulate guns at the state, federal and local level. those laws sometimes are forced a and sometimes not. this young man there was no reason legally to deny him the ownership of a firearm. so the suggestion by bob costas who ought to be fired for the comments, his outrageous suggestion that the civil rights of americans all 300 million of
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republican controlled house ever to raise taxes? business mogul steve forbes will join me in a fox business exclusive to break it all down. >>> the dire warning for you and all of your savings today. hackers are planning to clean out your bank account. the former deputy director of the national security agency is here with all the details so you can hang on to your cash. even when they say it's not, it is always about money. melissa: all right. first let's take a look at the day's market headlines. another day of gains on wall street. stocks soared for the second day in a row. the dow closed up 115 points and all that illusion that washington is getting its act together but progress on the fiscal cliff isn't driving everything higher. gold hit its lowest level in since late august that is confidence there. investors flee from the precious metal as a safe haven appeal fades. gold is hovering $1670 an ounce. >>> shares of blackberry maker research in motion slipping after being hit with a downgrade by toronto based national bank. rim shares closing down almost 1 1/2% today. >>> all right, you
but losers. >> coming up next, more americans are doing more of this and less of this and why boss steve forbes said americans take less raication time is good news his staff agree? >> it is making it loud and clear and. it makes a great gift. it is availablination wide. live from america's news headquarterings. all eyes on the weather radar as more snow is heading not northeast. there is several inches in inloaned areas. two powerful systems expected to come up the east coast today. states are issues severe weather warnings. it is down to the wire. scramble since we have watched the economy go off the major cliff. president obama is saying they will have a agreement. this later on america's news headquarters. now back to forbes on fox . for all of your latest headlines. >> as the clock ticks down. new report shows that american workers are not using up all of the vacation time. they are said to be seen as lazy and losing their job. this is a good sign for the economy. how so, steve. not for those two reasons . we don't have too much vacation or little. we do it just right. europe had wo
more americans are doing more of this and less of this andhy boss steve forbes your latest headlines. >> as the clock ticks down. new report shows that american workers are not usi up all of the vacation time. they are said to be seen as lazy and losing their job. this is a good sign for the economy. how so, steve. not for those two reasons . we don't have too much vacation or little. we do it just right. europe had work like we did. you want lopping beer vacation you can have a stagnant economy like europe. we rise taxes we'll havave loer vacation but fewer jobbings. >> you are right. we don't want to be like the french. and people here in the united states and government union. and i was on vacation and check my blackberry and read a rick unger e-mail while on vacation. >> you are never on vacation. >> you work it anyway. nine out of the 10 are checking their work phones. any time to rejuvenate and comeack ragged. >> we need that vacation time to work better. >> when you say economy you arealking about gdp. good or ill it is major transaction. have everyone never talk a day off and
i'm going back to 2008 or 2004. steve forbes says no tax hikes for anybody while howard dean argues everybody needs to pay a little more in taxes and not just the upper income. both sides of that coming up here. >> and also just ahead, the ceo of a tech company says he may be forced to cut jobs because of washington's fiscal follies. he's going to be here. he's going to explain how bad it will be, not just for him, but for other companies as well. >> and then later a retail boom on main street and wall street. with just two weeks to go until christmas, we'll tell you whether consuperers have been hitting the stores in force and which retail stocks stand to benefit as a result. stay tuned. much more to come. >>> deal or no deal? you be the judge. >> the president has said on a daily basis that we should be passing a balanced plan, but what we hear from the president is continuing only discussion on one side of the ledger. it has always been about tax rate increases and nothing about spending. >> well, maybe my next guests, both former presidential candidates in fact, can come up with
't believe including current these. i agree with steve forbes that flow currencies, which is the standard value by which every entrepreneur has to guide and has decisions it's like floating our so that people wouldn't have to work so much. one man could have the power worth 50 minutes. the next come the 70 minute and needs in-house default swaps and insurance policies. just to guide the economy. one of the things that's happened over the last decade is that we've had a hypertrophy of finance and the reason of the excess and waste so much wealth and the economy is migrated to finance is because the currency is so unstable, that so much money can be made, betting on the ups and downs of our currency against foreign currencies. this is a big danger today. a lot of people attack the chinese for manipulating the currency. but the chinese just want to keep the currency stable. i saw the chinese want to do. they want to maintain the dollar as a standard of value. it's a saturday botching the currency. the threat to the american dollar does not come in beijing. they defend the dollar. the threat
. up next is steve forbes. after that we will be talking with matt bennett about gun background checks and gun sales in the u.s. mr. forbes coming from our studio in new york in just a few minutes after "washington journal" continues. [video clip] >> that they really started to get worried in the summer and fall of 1774. the british admirals and generals and diplomats were reporting to the crown that the colonists were sending ships everywhere to try to get ammunition and muskets and cannon. this was after the british had sent more troops to boston after the boston tea party and the so-called coercive acts, and it's clear that the colonists were pulling together ammunition and cannon. maybe they didn't intend to use it. that was a big debate. the king on october 1774 basically prohibited british ships from taking ammunition and everything to the colonies unless it was officially sanctioned. they were very alert to this. as soon as the colonies found out about the order prohibiting ammunition and munitions from being sent to the colonies in new hampshire and rhode island, patriot militi
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. >> julie seger watches c-span on verizon. >> on the subject of the fiscal cliff, we spoke to steve forbes this morning and got his take on the subject. host: joining us now is the chairman and editor in chief of forbes media, steve forbes. he will be with us for the next 45 minutes to take your calls. let's start with where we started this morning on "washington journal." have you looked at the fiscal cliff and have you made plans or altered your 2013 spending as a business owner on this issue? guest: the answer is not yet. the big factor will be what happens in health care, which kicks in it in 2013 and 2014. you're kind of immobilize until we get a fix. we are moving ahead on the projects we are doing. people are being cautious. we hope this thing will be successfully resolved and that we do not go into a recession next year. host: how would you like to see this issue played out in washington? what is the best economic solution? guest: the best economic solution is to avoid raising taxes. the best we can hope for is that they kick the can down the road for a couple of months. you are no
krauthammer and steve forbes and the media like that story the least. >> i think there's a 6th story, jim. which is the media that quote progressive media of msnbc, tipping down to the white house to have an earnest chat to chat with the president about how important not going over the fiscal cliff is, and how important it is that they persuade their viewers to lean on those people who oppose them, so that they can actually avoid the cliff. that's amazing. >> you know, the media did not include the people who are not included, there was tom hartman, allen colmes and a lot of people who the white house left out of that meeting and in terms of who they put up and put out. media put out the story without doing their homework. >> there was a column by george will, bewitched by obama, even jonathan swift who said that promises and pie crusts are made to be broken and marvelled at the limited shelf life of a barack obama's promise of balanced debt reduction plan. is there any media pressure on the white house? >> there's no media pressure on the white house to explain any of this. in watching t
became president of the united states, and i am still cooking. >> steve forbes, and gen and barbara bush on growing up in the white house, sunday evening at 7:30 eastern and pacific. right through christmas day on c-span3. members of the senate foreign relations committee received a top-secret closed briefing wednesday on the september 11 attack on the u.s. consulate and then got the -- in benghazi libya. this is about 12 minutes. >> what do you think of that finding and [inaudible] >> my understanding is that the standard with which the accountability board looks at people is a very high standard. it is called a breach of duty. there is no question that there were people within the state department that were remiss and did not execute in an appropriate way. there are also some cultural issues. there were no doubt a number of fallen. to that end, i know that secretary clinton was unable to be able to testify tomorrow in an open setting. i do think it is imperative that she testify in an open session, prior to any changing. i'd think that is very important for her. i think that is very im
economics. michael j. sandell, george w. bush, steve forbes all weigh in. and then at 9 p.m. craig whitney sits down with the former president of the brady campaign to prevent gun violence to discuss his book "living with guns: a liberal's case for the second amendment." watch these programs and more all weekend long on booktv. for a complete schedule, visit booktv.org. >>
. steve forbes saying fight, fight. pressure the president. then you have democrats, labor unio unions, the aarp saying we don't need to think about raising the retirement age. every time you have a short term play special interest dig in. until they erase the trust deficit, every time they do it incrementally they make it harder to do the big stuff. >> notwithstanding the problems in this conversation and notwithstanding problems from washington, there is some economic renaissance that's brewing under the surface here. we have an energy boom going on, low energy prices. we have manufacturing output increasing in this country. we have the housing boom with low interest rates to stay for a couple of yearses. is there enough that could happen that could offset what's going on in washington? can we grow our way out of this? >> we can't ignore them. if they blow it, there is nothing we can do. the risks are becoming more balanced where things like the housing recovery, consumer debt coming down are starting to offer the possibility where growth might be stronger although it could be lower.
booktv highlights a few programs about economics. james gustav, steve forbes and george gilder all weigh in. watch this and more all weekend long on booktv. for a complete schedule, visit booktv.org. >> now, from albany, new york, we hear about the state-mandated new york state writer's institute. the program promotes cultural initiatives through author presentations, workshops, film screen things and more -- screenings and more. >> i can see each event just as vividly as i can see the posters before me. i'm donald faulkner, i'm director of the new york state writer's institute, and what we do, what i do is kind of herd intellectual cats. we bring a lot of writers through to albany to do readings, we also do a number of other types of programs, events, writing workshops and film series and programs with young writers and a summer institute that we run in saratoga. >> the life of the -- my life in the last few years was, i suppose you'd call it adventurous. but this thing ruined everything. [laughter] >> we go far and wide, find the best writers that we can and bring them to albany.
in the fiscal cliff jungle. steve forbes says nobody should pay more in taxes, but howard dean says everybody needs to pay more in taxes. they will battle it out right here on the "closing bell." it is pay-per-view material right there coming up on cnbc, first in business worldwide. ally bank. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. look this isn't my first christmas. these deals all seem great at the time... but later... [ shirt ] merry christmas, everybody! not so much. ho ho ho! this isn't that kind of deal. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. save on ground shipping at fedex office. she also likes to ride her bike. she knows the potential for making or losing money can pop up anytime. that's why she trades with the leader in mobile trading. so she's always ready to take action, no matter ho
a few programs about economics. michael j. sandell, george w. bush, steve forbes all weigh in. craig whitney sits down with the former president of the brady campaign to prevent gun violation to discuss his book, "living with guns." watch these programs and more all weekend long on booktv. and for a complete schedule, visit booktv.org. >> booktv is here at the annual national press club authors' night, and joining us now is author arkansas run aruno has written a book called first cameraman. what's your association with the obama campaign? >> well, in 2008 on the obama campaign i was his personal videographer which is something i carried through to the first two and a half years of the white house. and this last cycle, actually, did not work on the campaign formally or at the white house, i worked in that new and strange, murky world of super pacs and pac and independent can expenditures. >> talk to us about the campaign in 2008. how'd you get hooked up with the president? >> well, there was an ad in craig's list -- no, that's actually not the case. it was right place, right time. a
's really not enough and i think everybody is hungry for more. steve forbes had an idea before its time. unfortunately, president obama had a ton of political capital coming in initially. he could have done something big and bold like that and we could be on our way to a stronger economic recovery. >> steve: there is a lot of people who love the idea of a flat tax. but given the political dynamic in washington, d.c. where the senate is controlled by democrats -- >> i think the flat tax brings people together. >> gretchen: who is against a flat tax? >> well, you'll start to see things, like they'll question whether the mortgage tax reduction will come out. then you get -- >> brian: charitable deductions. >> 10% of americans work for charities. everybody starts to think, yes, that works and we think it would be great, except it would hurt my business. it is a leap. it is very bold and it would be a little bit of a transition period but president obama could have done it. i agree with congressman, it will be nice if people would talk about it, but with they're not even talk being entitleme
fall into a recession? that is the $604,000 question. joined now by steve forbes with his thoughts on which is more likely. wonderful to see you. harming the patient. start there. >> it's going to make things worse. europe is doing it, southern europe. it keeps raising. the economy contracts even more. about to go in recession. japan raising taxes. why in the world we would apply that poison to ourselves. lori: that is the ultimatum from the white house, as you know. because of the president's reelection they have the leverage. so are the republicans going to have any choice but to cave especially on the issue of raising taxes for higher-income americans? >> well, there are small business owners. 63 percent, and people who create capitol, invest capital. we have seen in europe and france especially, that kind of thing does not work. he does not have a mandate to hurt the economy which is the way the republicans should phrase this thing. why harm the economy now. lori: edges of the economy fall off the cliff to iraq or raising the tax on the wealthy. >> with the republicans should d
meetings at the white house failed to amount to much. steve forbes joining us with his warning for washington and why he fears a recession imi
will be joined by steve forbes. later, discussion on background checks, how they work, who gets them, and when they are required. our guest is matt bennett. "washington journal," live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. a cornell university law professor has written books on increasing stock prices. she spoke about what she described as the corporate world in the effort to maximize profits in the short term, but but greater the long-term value of any company. [applause] >> good evening, everyone, and welcome. professor lynn stout is a distinguished professor at the cornell university law school. our work focuses on the intersection of law, business, and morality -- her work focuses on the intersection of law, business, and morality. she has worked with many organizations around the world, including the clinton global initiative. in 2012, she was named tom on the economy -- top on the economy. her new book is the shareholder yth.es met please welcome professor lynn stout. [applause] >> thank you, charles, for that kind introduction. i want to start by saying what an honor it is for me to speak in f
of the point i make in the book the fairest system of them all would be a flat tax, something steve forbes talks about in the 1990s keeps rates low and broadens the base and makes everybody pay their fair share. >> let's go to the book, in fairness, one of the arguments you make is that the president wants to make everybody poor. is that fair? >> well, i don't know if he wants to make everyone poor but -- >> equally poor. >> let me put it like this. a good tax system tries to make poor people rich, it doesn't try to make rich people poor and sometimes i think the president gets that confused. a lot of this talk about raising tax rates. look, we know from history raising tax rates isn't going to raise much revenues. over the last hundred years, i document this in the book, every time we cut tax rates in the 'twen '20s and '60s and '80s we increase revenues. i'm pointing out this isn't an effective way to raise revenues if we are going to do that. >>> understand the concept. do you recognize there are some disparities out of whack at this point. >> what do you mean by disparities? >> economi
. up next is steve forbes. >> later, more members -- interviews with retiring members of congress. retiring nebraska senator bill nelson -- he served two terms and was part of the so-called gang of 14 to negotiate a compromise over judicial negotiations. 40 minutes later, interviews with two retiring house members. first, california republican jerry lewis, who chaired the appropriations committee. later, a conversation with california democrat lynn woolsey. >> i enjoy that it is straight forward. it is comprehensive. it has what is happening without a pundit interjecting. that is what i really appreciate about c-span. is a great resource for anyone looking to become more familiar with how government works. >> julie watches c-span on bryson. c-span -- created by america's cable companies in 1979. brought you as a public service by your television provider. >> a look at the u.s. capitol here, where work continues in an effort to avoid the so-called fiscal clift of tax hikes and spending cuts that will take effect jan. 1. earlier, the house dabbled in for a pro forma session with no
. a flat tax will do that. and steve forbes, arthur laugher a number of people are going to be pushing that this week. you will see. that's a fair share. that's what we ought to do. the compromise will be on what we cut. good grief, in the house we cut 11% over the last two years of our own budget. we should be demand and our leadership hasn't done it yet. 11% cut across the board throughout the government. this president is not even talking about it. he is talking about increasing spending. >> do you like the president's -- i'm curious your take on the president's populist argument right now. is he out there on the campaign trail again trying to sell this to the american people. >> that's what he does do. is he campaigner in chief. that's what he does well. >> isn't he looking at those polls showing that the republicans have been beaten down. the polls show if this happens most of the american people would blame the republicans. >> but he has been so abusive as of yesterday. so arrogant in what his demands are. you know, just virtually unlimited power. i think he has gone so far now t
with forbes editor-in-chief, steve forbes. >>> tomorrow on "squawk box" starting at 6:00 a.m. eastern. profit from it. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. >>> welcome back, everybody. checking the futures, dow up by 3 points. on the ongoing supremacy battle between facebook and twitter. facebook's instagram disallowed allow i allowing photos to twitter and in return, twitter is changing things similar to instagram, making pictures black and white. instagram exceeded twitter in daily users and the two have been sparring for the same advertisers. co-founder was originally an investor in instagram and once sought to buy the company. >> you ever tried to put a photo on twitter? >> i hav
negotiations as congress returns to washington. we are joined by steve forbes. later, a discussion on background checks, how they work, who gets them, and when they are required. our guest is matt denn it. washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> i just enjoy that it is straight forward, comprehensive, and you can really sense what is happening without a pundit interjecting, and that is what i really appreciate about c-span. it is definitely a great resource for anyone looking to become more familiar with how government works and the ins and outs of capitol hill. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979. brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> now, state and defense department officials testified at a hearing on violence in the eastern congo. a rebel group of congolese army defectors has been terrorizing people. the congolese army, with the aid of u.n. peacekeepers, has been battling the defectors for the past eight months. this is an hour and 40 minutes. >> the situation in the democratic republic of congo continues to ev
steve forbes talk about it? are they all wrong, john, just because they differ from what you believe? >> you're wrong. >> you're wrong four times plus one to infinity. >> no, no, joe, i'm sorry, joe -- >> your words are more inappropriate than mine. >> no. you're getting more full of it by the second. >> oh, please. >> why don't we do it this wie, john. based on the -- >> look, our spending problems -- hold on a second. hold on a second. >> when geithner said on our air we are fully ready to go, you must not have been listening. >> they are ready to go over the cliff. they're ready to go over the cliff. >> and get 250 above. >> the alternative is a set of policies that were rejected by the american people in the election and aren't consistent with the reality of our governsance. >> to get 50% to raise taxes on 2% so that they can get 2% that they're raising? this is not a definitive -- >> no. come on. >> does john boehner lose his leadership position? does eric cantor have to come in? >> what's that? >> does john boehner lose his leadership position after this? >> i wouldn't bet on t
. and i hope that beginning now when people hear fair share, they'll think abouter a flat tax. steve forbes has been talking about it for years. rand paul had an article out a year or so ago, flat tax. my friend, mike burgess, has a proposal. many of us have proposals. mine is, look, you talk about want warren buffett to pay what his secretary does, yet you haven't made one proposal that will bring warren buffett to pay what his secretary does. that's crazy. that's why we shouldn't eliminate the word lunatic. it really has application around this town. so if you want to have -- and warren buffett ought to take heed, you run around telling people, yeah, rich people should pay more taxes, well, he's not. he's not going to pay more. not on any of the proposals that the president has run around endorsing. well, how about a flat tax that says 15% capital gains tax, what warren buffett pay, 15% for his secretary, 15% gift tax. let's just go 15% across the board. 15% corporate tax. and the irony is that the economy would so explode, so many more people would be employed, so many more people
by american banker and called the next steve jobs. we'll get to the bottom of that. the ceo joins us now. >> thanks for having me. >> since the last time i've seen you you've been on the cover of forbes as innovator of the year. >> i walked by the news stand and you were just getting square underway the last, right before we saw you last time on the show. and the things have changed dramatically. air now being called the innovator of the year and compared to steve jobs for your innovation. tell me how square is changing the face of american business? >> we start with a simple idea which was, you know, my parents were entrepreneurs. they started up local businesses and my father started a pizza restaurants when he was a kid and my mother the coffee store and they face the challenges just starting up. and also accepting patients extremely challenges, so we made it easy for any small business or neighborhood place it instantly accept credit cards by giving them a free credit card reader and accept credit cards for 2.75% and we signed up over 3 million merchants. >> i have to say when i went
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